My 600-lb Life Stories That Ended In Tragedy

There are plenty of reality shows that document
weight loss, but My 600-lb Life stands out as it focuses on the lives of real people. Unfortunately, that means viewers get an intimate
glimpse into the sometimes tragic outcomes, along with the successes. Here are the My 600-lb Life stories that didn’t
end well. Dr. Now may seem like an unlikely reality
TV star. However, he’s the only person who appears
in every episode of My 600-lb Life, and his skills in the operating room are the reason
why. The veteran surgeon isn’t known for his small
talk, but he clearly lets his patients know what they’re facing, without diminishing their
humanity. Oftentimes, Dr. Now offers his patients a
reality check on the conditions related to obesity. According to a journal published by the National
Center for Biotechnology Information, complications can include high blood pressure, type II diabetes,
sleep apnea, stroke, heart disease, depression, cancer, arthritis, and gout. “Now that you have the surgery, the physical
drive to eat is gone. So you have to deal with what is driving you
to eat.” Many patients on the show successfully lose
weight after therapy, diet modifications, increased exercise, and weight loss surgery. But, sadly, some of the show’s stars can’t
make the lifestyle changes, or pass away due to the stress on their bodies. Robert’s situation was dire from the outset. It didn’t take long for Dr. Now to discover
that Robert not only weighed nearly 850 pounds, but that he also had an addiction to painkillers. “I hate that this is our life. And that this is Rob’s life.” “Good call on the wings. Love the wings.” “But nothing stops him from eating.” After a rocky start, Robert was able to finally
get some control over his compulsive overeating. The New Jersey resident had a lot of love
on his side, including that of his mother and his fiance, Kathryn. With that support and a whole lot of work,
Robert managed to lose a significant amount of weight under Dr. Now’s care, almost 350
pounds, including the surgical removal of a lymphedema mass. Unfortunately, the surgery left Robert depressed
and longing for painkillers again. He even tore his own stitches hoping to get
more of them. Tragically, Robert passed away from a heart
attack in November 2017, at 41, while the show was still filming. Dr. Now was not shy about expressing his frustration
at the medical system for its complicity in Robert’s addiction, which ultimately did him in. He also hailed him for being a fighter. “He knew that he was running against the clock. And his body gave up. But he never did gave up.” Few of the stars of My 600-lb Life are more
notorious than the Assanti brothers, Steven in particular. “Steven Assanti suffers from severe psychological
issues, so he’s going to be a unique case.” The pair may be bound by blood, but Steven’s
antics ensured that he and Justin were not brotherly to one another. For one, he pretended to be following Dr.
Now’s strict diet during the show, but was secretly binge-eating. Additionally, he would manipulate and bully
anyone, including his father, to get what he wanted. He also continued abusing painkillers, including
stealing Justin’s while he was healing from his gastric bypass. “He’s a big bully that just me all
day.” Because of Steven’s continued and repeated harsh behavior toward his brother, which started in childhood, according to Justin’s
Reddit AMA, Justin ended up quitting Dr. Now’s program, in spite of both his father’s and
the doctor’s best efforts. He also accused the show of blackmailing him
in a now-deleted Reddit post. As of mid 2019, he lives in Rhode Island. It appears that Steven is out of the program
too, and is now living in Iowa with his new wife, according to Starcasm. Sean Milliken seemed like he was moving in
the right direction after a rocky start on his weight loss journey. After initially weighing in at nearly 900
pounds, Sean was finally able to turn things around and get weight loss surgery. That, in turn, helped him drop hundreds of
pounds and regain his ability to walk, according to his follow-up on My 600-lb Life: Where
Are They Now? “I know I can hit all these goals in the next
year. And that’s what I’m determined to do.” But in 2018, tragedy struck when Sean’s mother
passed away, according to TLC. Understandably he was devastated, as he and
his mother were extremely close. Subsequently, he had to move out of his Houston
apartment. In yet another sorrowful turn of events, Sean
passed away in the hospital due to complications from an infection in February 2019. TMZ reported that his father wrote on Facebook, “He was having problems with his breathing. They were able to resuscitate him and a short
time later his heart stopped.” Sean was just 29 years old. Having the courage to work with Dr. Now and
appear on My 600-lb Life isn’t easy. And unfortunately for some patients, they’re
just not ready to conquer their addiction to food and completely overhaul their lifestyle. Such is the case with Penny, who appeared
in Season 2. “I let food be the way that I found solace.” She was initially able to lose 40 pounds on
a controlled diet, so Dr. Now approved her for weight loss surgery. But after Penny’s gastric bypass, she gained
five pounds, when she should have been losing weight. It appeared she was secretly having food brought
to her. Penny eventually left Houston and moved back
home to Maryland, quitting the program altogether against Dr. Now’s professional advice. In her follow-up episode, he stated plainly
that her addiction will end her life. “Either people around her stop enabling her…or
her addiction eventually is gonna end her.” Penny’s Facebook account has been mostly dormant,
which only fuels speculation that her diet is not going well, and seems to confirm what
Dr. Now called her, quote, “delusional” thinking. Dr. Now is known for giving patients the hope
they need to turn their lives around, and the tools to help them on their journey. That’s what Kelly Mason was looking for when
she made the trip to Houston to meet with the famous surgeon. “Every day is a bad day. And every step is awful.” When she arrived, viewers learned that she
had a host of health issues, including high blood pressure, a blood clot in her leg, type
II diabetes, arthritis, thyroid issues, reflex, and heart problems. It was clear that she needed help. “Some days it just feels like it would just
be easier if I wasn’t here. People could just move on.” Things started looking up for Kelly when Dr.
Now admitted her to the hospital, where she was able to lose over 200 pounds. She then had weight loss surgery, and dropped
another 100 pounds. Upon discharge, she was hopeful, and committed
to sticking to her diet and exercise regimen. But Kelly’s heart had already suffered too
much stress, despite her best efforts. She passed away in her sleep of a heart attack
in February 2019, according to Inquisitr. Dr. Now pointed out, however, that she hadn’t
returned to her old habits. She went out fighting. Like many of the stars who appear on My 600-lb
Life, James was initially unable to leave his bed due to being almost 800 pounds and
had a painful skin infection. “But even though I still open my eyes each
day, I’m not living life because I’m just trapped in this bed all day.” Additionally, James’ family had made some
huge sacrifices for him, including his daughter dropping out of school to care for him, and
his father refinancing his home to get him to Houston, via ambulance, to see Dr. Now. But when James arrived in Houston, he hadn’t
lost the weight Dr. Now required him to. He dropped a bit while supervised, but soon
thereafter, viewers learned that James had instead gained enough to weigh in at 840 pounds. Eventually, Dr. Now told him to leave if he
wasn’t willing to stick to the program. “My dad’s gotten worse. And I’m worried. He’s close to losing it all. He basically already has.” When TLC caught up with James a little later,
things hadn’t improved. In fact, Dr. Now called Adult Protective Services
on James’ girlfriend when he discovered James was suffering organ failure, and she was still
bringing him food while in the hospital. Dr. Now dismissed him once again, citing his
inability to make changes. As viewers learned on her episode, Schenee
endured an extraordinarily difficult childhood. In order to cope with the pain, she turned
to food at an early age, and slowly grew to be 780 pounds. “Food made me feel better. It made me feel happy.” Hopeful that she could turn her life around,
Schenee turned to Dr. Now for help. But she was never approved for weight loss
surgery because she refused to follow the diet and exercise plan Dr. Now gave her. She and her husband were even caught ordering
pizza and burgers to her hospital room. “You both need to stop lying. You came here to have weight loss surgery,
you haven’t lost any weight in four months. Why?” Since the show, Schenee has posted a handful
of videos on her YouTube channel, some of them from hospitals, as she struggles with
her health. And while she claims to have lost weight on
her Facebook page, any progress appears difficult to discern. As one of the first stars of Season 1, Henry
Foots endeared himself to viewers with his kind disposition and sincere desire to attend
his high school reunion looking his best. “My total fear is the end. I’m gonna go. I know I will go if I don’t have the surgery.” Thanks to his hard work, Henry went from 750
pounds all the way down to 275 pounds, and was poised to put his past behind him. But in a heartbreaking twist, Henry passed
away in 2013, several months after having a medical episode while driving a bus, according
to Starcasm. The cause of his passing remains unknown. Many of the stories on My 600-lb Life have
especially tragic beginnings which trigger overeating to cope with difficult feelings. Season 7’s Mercedes was no different. Mercedes weighed in at 773 pounds, was dependent
on her young children for care, and was struggling with severe lymphedema. She clearly wanted to be able to live a normal
life. “I know it’s hard for her because she wanna
do it for us, and us not do it for her.” But Mercedes wasn’t able to qualify for weight
loss surgery. She had only lost 80 pounds, and was full
of excuses as to why. According to her Facebook profile, she’s now
living in Cincinnati, which is a long way from Houston, so she’s likely off Dr. Now’s
program. One of the most shocking things ever on My
600-lb Life was when Lisa Fleming’s daughter discovered maggots in the folds of her mom’s
skin. It seemed like that would be the wake-up call
that got Lisa motivated to stick to the diet that Dr. Now had prescribed her, especially
since she weighed over 700 pounds. That was also on top of needing a team of
paramedics to get her out of her house. Although Lisa did lose some weight under supervision,
she gained it again, once she was back home. Viewers watched as Lisa’s manipulative tactics
became apparent, arguably some of the worst in the show’s history. By the end of her episode, Dr. Now was clearly
frustrated with Lisa’s unwillingness to change and dismissed her from his program. “When all you do is give in to what’s easy,
you sometimes forget it’s the more difficult challenges that make you stronger.” Not even a year after Lisa appeared on My
600-lb Life, she passed away at her home, at age 50, according to Page Six. Jeanne’s life has not been an easy one, and
it only seemed to go even further downhill during her episode of My 600-lb Life. “My life can’t get any worse. But my body and my health are getting worse
by the day.” She first appeared in a messy home along with
her mother, and a father who struggled with severe mental illness. And by the time Jeanne and her mother, Barbara,
arrived in Houston, things took a turn for the worse when Barbara had to be hospitalized
due to illness. Then, Jeanne’s father back home was discovered passed away in his bed. Unfortunately, circumstances proved to be
overwhelming for Jeanne, who decided she wasn’t ready to follow Dr. Now’s program. Instead of staying in Houston, she returned
home. We certainly hope she’ll get the help she
needs in the future. James “LB” Bonner quickly became a Season
6 fan favorite. “There’s days where I feel so worthless, I
think I’d be better off in the ground.” After struggling with food and alcohol addiction,
and losing his foot after an ATV crash, James’ weight ballooned to 650 pounds. Unable to care for himself, he decided to
seek help from Dr. Now, determined to make a change. It was clear that James was a success story. He went from 650 pounds to less than half
of that, and was sticking to his diet and exercise regimen. Additionally, he had become a burgeoning social
media star, with more than 8,000 Facebook followers, according to Starcasm. He was doing so well and losing so much weight
that TLC halted his photo and video sharing, hoping to avoid any spoilers. But sadly, no follow-up episode would ever
air. Tragically, James took his own life in 2018,
at age 30, according to People magazine. “I thought my brother was great. I had no worries. So I want to reach out to people out there
that love alone is not gonna save them.” If you or someone you know is having self-harming
thoughts, please call or chat online with the NSPL at
1-800-273-TALK (8255).

100 thoughts on “My 600-lb Life Stories That Ended In Tragedy

  1. Jesus. Stop eating too much when you get to 250 lbs. Also family members and friends are facilitators by continuing to help them over eat. Sorry if I sound harsh but its very hard to have any sympathy,

  2. The whole "have food secretly brought" to them in the hospital pisses me off as a former hospital nutritionist. The people who bring the food should feel ashamed of themselves.

  3. I like watching this show because it opens people's eyes to what happens when you don't balance your food intake and daily activities as well as watch what KIND of food you eat.

  4. I don’t understand how you can eat so much that you weigh 6 people. I eat a lot, but I get to a point where I can’t eat anymore because my brain isn’t interested. You must have to consume tens of thousands of calories per day surely

  5. These people start to become overweight, feel gross and stuff and they don't do anything about it?
    If I eat a whole packet of Doritos I feel disgusting and know it's bad for my health.
    Obesity is a large problem and don't know how these people can go on their day without making a change :/

  6. I have no pity for these people. They got that way from excess, not a lacking for anything other than a small amount of self control

  7. My god… how do you end up letting yourself get like that? And how do the people who love you watch? This is tragic but frustrating as well.

  8. They should have an obesity rehab center akin to drug rehab where they stay for a duration of time to make sure they don't relapse. They should be able to opt in but not opt out. Free will is a bitch tho. They have to be willing to make that lifestyle change..

  9. America has epidemic of fat, I wonder why, do americans will start doing something about their poison food? Or will they keep blaming it on "mass loss of will power"

  10. An 800-850 lbs person can get a girlfriend but yet I weigh 150 lbs tops but yet women would rather be with that…an obese person who can't wipe their own ass or see their own genitals??? Hmm…🤔🤔

  11. Its also that not many of these people have the will power to just stop all of a sudden, such as smoking. Some people can't just stop when they want, food addictions and drinking.

  12. Just to let people know I'm a self with had suicidal thoughts and stuff so I did reach out for the suicide line and stuff just let people know that line has a line just saying it's not really a big help

  13. Why is it only blacks and hillbillies who get like this? Who pays for all the junk food and health care? Do they all have a faint smell of poo? So many questions.

  14. Enabling a person that's 600 pounds by giving them junk food should be a crime, they can barely move just hand them a salad wtf are they gonna do about it? Nothing cause they can't do nothing

  15. Honestly it's amazing how government dishes out tax payer money to health care for those who don't wanna help themselves. I'd say if you're gonna receive home assistance health care, which is expensive af BTW considering all the people needed in one person's case just to move them around, there needs to be a contract signed saying government handles their diet plan entirely and make a schedule for exercise. All foods outside is forbidden and make sure to fine those who try to sneak some under the rug, like friends and family. Doesn't help tax payers or these obese people themselves if we just sit here and listen to their "I wish I didn't do this, I wish I didn't do that" or "Imma do something about it tomorrow", as they sit and eat burgers and fries. Call me ruthless if you want, nothing more ruthless than the government just watching them passively kill themselves slowly while paying people to keep watch…

  16. Im a 12 year old boy and Weight 70 kilos this video helps me underestimate the worst things that will happen to me do here i am in school from 8 AM to 3 pm eating nothing

  17. Like almost all of them were eating eggs for breakfast when are people going to realize eggs aren’t good for you? They cause a severe spike in cholesterol and clogged arteries.

  18. And there’s people being like stop being fatphobic aight I’ll stop but when they end up like this not my problem🤷🏾‍♀️

  19. Is the narrator using “W’s” instead of “L’s”????? She keep saying like waiter instead of later and shit 😂😂

  20. It is sad but it is very preventable, eat plenty less, I'm relatively on the chubby flabby side but I haven't been gaining as much weight ever since I've been aware of what I'm eating. I'm forming my own diet atm and my goal is to lose at most 10 pounds by november

  21. How tf do you even get that big, don't you see yourself everyday???!! The people who died were asking for it, no one else's fault but their's, Rest in Peace, but it was deserved, they had their chance and they blew it.

  22. How can someone get that bad!?
    I love eating food i'd admit it and i sometimes eat more then i should. But i run and walk a lot, you can eat bad things but you gotta have something healthy even if its just fruit!
    Then move on to new things.

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